It is estimated that approximately one-third of employees listen to music at work using an iPod, MP3 player, or other portable music device. Employees claim that listening to music improves their job satisfaction and productivity, so it may be beneficial to allow workers to use their iPods, etc., in the office. However, if you do so, your company needs to have a policy that addresses the potential negative effects that iPods and other portable music devices could have on communication, performance, safety, and security.
Communications can break down between managers and employees, and among co-workers, because of the difficulty in getting an employee’s attention while he/she is listening to music through headphones. This sends the message, “Unless you have something really important to tell me, don’t bother me.”
If an employee plays an iPod or other portable music device through computer speakers, co-workers ...(register to read more)